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Motorists name the riskiest roads in SA

Friday, 9th Jun 2017

Main South Road and Oaklands Rail Crossing have been identified as South Australia’s riskiest road and intersection, respectively, in RAA’s Risky Roads campaign.

RAA Senior Manager Road Safety, Charles Mountain said Main South Road received the most nominations (406) of any road or intersection in this year’s survey.

“Most of the nominations were for the section of road between Noarlunga and Myponga, with concerns raised about its uneven surface, narrow lanes and a lack of overtaking lanes,” said Mr Mountain.

“Traffic volumes have been steadily increasing along this route as the urban sprawl has moved into areas such as Seaford and Aldinga, and road users feel it needs to be upgraded to meet demand.

“In the case of Oaklands Rail Crossing, respondents highlighted its confusing layout, and inadequate crossing or turning opportunities.

“We were pleased to see this week’s announcement that the long proposed underpass project for this site will go ahead thanks to further funding commitments from all levels of government.”

More than 2,900 nominations were received from across South Australia, covering many of Adelaide’s arterial roads, and extending into regional areas including the Limestone Coast, Clare Valley, and Yorke Peninsula.

“Many of the roads nominated provide links to key tourist destinations, taking travellers through the most picturesque parts of the state,” said Mr Mountain.

“With uneven surfaces, pot holes, narrow lanes, crumbling road edges and a lack of overtaking lanes, these roads are in need of attention to ensure the safety of all road users.”

The top 10 roads and intersections as nominated through the 2017 Risky Roads campaign are:

Top 10 Roads*

1. Main South Road (Noarlunga to Myponga)

2. Horrocks Highway (Roseworthy to Clare)

3. Princes Highway (Kingston SE to Millicent, via inland)

4. Owen Road (Templers to Owen)

5. Main North Road (Gepps Cross to Salisbury)

= 6. North East Road (Holden Hill to Chain of Ponds)

= 6. Copper Coast Highway (Port Wakefield to Kadina)

8. Port Wakefield Road (Dry Creek to Lower Light)

9. Main Road (Blackwood & Coromandel Valley)

= 10. South Eastern Freeway (Glen Osmond to Hahndorf)

= 10. Southern Ports Highway (Kingston SE to Millicent, via Robe)

= 10. Barrier Highway (Saddleworth to Manoora)

Top 10 Intersections*

1. Diagonal Road & Morphett Road (Oaklands Rail Crossing)

2. Coromandel Parade & Shepherds Hill Road (Blackwood Roundabout)

3. Aldinga Beach Road & Main South Road, Aldinga

4. Main South Road & Tatachilla Road, Tatachilla

5. Dalkeith Road & Main North Road, Blakeview

= 6. Old Princes Highway & Woodside Road, Nairne

= 6. Bull Creek Road & Paris Creek Road, Paris Creek

= 8. North East Road & South Para Road, Chain of Ponds

= 8. Playford Highway & Tinsmith Road, Kingscote

= 8. Golden Grove Road & Hancock Road, Surrey Downs

*Some roads received an equal number of nominations, hence the inclusion of more than 10 in the list

The nominations made in the Risky Roads survey highlights motorists desire to see major roads and intersections upgraded to improve safety for all road users.

“More than half (58%) the road nominations were to report uneven or undulating surfaces, followed by pot holes (44%) and crumbling road edges (38%),” said Mr Mountain.

“Intersection nominations focus on a lack of crossing or turning opportunities (46%), confusing layout (43%) or inadequate traffic signals (26%).

From here, RAA will liaise with the relevant authorities that maintain each of the roads that have been highlighted.

RAA will also investigate each of the other nominated sites and will report key findings back to the relevant road authority.

The Risky Roads 2017 report is available at 

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